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African countries call for closure of Japan"s ivory markets because they contribute to poaching

2022-03-11 - Lyon, France. Lenin Ndebele

The African Elephant Coalition (AEC) has called for the closure of ivory markets in Japan, saying they contribute to poaching in Africa. This clarion call was made at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in Lyon, France, which will end on Friday. In 2016, a recommendation was adopted to close ivory markets in ivory-consuming countries such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, China, the United States and Japan.


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relocation

France"s doomed elephants go royal

2013-04-03 - Lyon, France.

They once faced imminent death but have now been offered princely accommodation - two French zoo elephants who had been ordered put down are moving to a ranch belonging to Monaco´s ruling Grimaldi family. Baby, 42, and Nepal, 43, had faced an execution order since last year over a suspected tuberculosis infection deemed a threat to the health of other animals and visitors to the Tete d´Or zoo in the southeastern city of Lyon.


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misc

Hollande dodges appeal to save sick elephants

2013-01-13 - Paris, France.

French President François Hollande said Wednesday he would not intervene to spare two zoo elephants diagnosed with tuberculosis. The decision by Lyon authorities to put down the two pachyderms has caused an outcry among animal rights activists.


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welfare

Brigitte Bardot Protests Euthanasia of French Circus Elephants

2013-01-07 - Paris, France.

Former French model and actress Brigitte Bardot is taking her animal activism to the next level by threatening to leave her home country and seek citizenship in Russia if two sick circus elephants are euthanized. According to the Huffington Post, France is scheduling to kill two 42-year-old elephants, named Baby and Nepal, who are suffering from tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo. Well, Bardot is not pleased.


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medical

Doomed French elephants win Christmas reprieve

An elephant who has tuberculosis, one of two who had been slated to die, is pictured at the Parc de la Tete dOr Zoo in Lyon, France, on December 17, 2012. This elephant, along with another middle-aged companion, have been given a Christmas reprieve after

2012-12-19 - Lyon, France.

Two ailing middle-aged elephants that French officials wanted to put down have been given a Christmas reprieve after an appeal to President Francois Hollande and an Internet campaign to save them. Baby and Nepal, who both have tuberculosis, had been deemed a threat to other animals at their zoo in the city of Lyon as well as to human visitors since the disease is highly contagious.


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medical

French president Francois Hollande urged to show some jumbo love

2012-12-15 - Lyon, France.

Gilbert Edelstein, the head of the Pinder circus who donated the two pachyderms Nepal and Baby to the Parc de la Tete d´Or in Lyon, sought the "supreme intervention" of Hollande in a letter. The mayor´s office had ordered euthanasia, citing public health concerns, because they have tuberculosis., and said it should be carried out before December 20.


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fossil

Mammoth skeleton found in France

archeologists working along the Changis-sur-Marne riverbank about 30 miles (50 Km) east of Paris, after unearthing the rare near complete skeleton of a mammoth, which has been christened “Helmut". The remains which include four connected vertebrae and

2012-11-07 - Paris, France.

Archaeologists in France have unearthed a rather hairy fossil _ a nearly complete skeleton of a mammoth. The bones _ thought to belong to a creature that roamed the earth between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago _ were discovered by accident during the excavation of an ancient Roman site 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Paris. It may be only the third remains of a long-haired woolly mammoth discovered in France in the last 150 years. Such discoveries are more common in Siberia.


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birth

Presenting Rungwe, the first elephant born in France via artificial insemination.

2012-08-06 - , France.

Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, eats bamboo near his mother, N´Dala, at the Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. The African elephant, a male, named after a volcano in Tanzania, was born July 20 after a gestation of about 23 months.


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facility

Elephant Haven, european elephant sanctuary on planning stage.

2012-04-08 - Corrèze, France.

A sanctuary on planning stage already starts with attacking all european elephant institutions with the words: "Europe is the only continent that can not provide safe care for elephants. Yet there are many elephants in Europe who need care", a competition strategy copied from elephant sanctuaries in USA and Thailand.


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Avedon auction reaps $7.5M

Dovima with Elephants was taken in 1955 and fetched $1.15 million US.

2010-11-20 - Paris, France.

An auction of prints by fashion photographer Richard Avedon has netted more than $7.5 million US. Billed as the largest auction ever of Avedon works, 65 photos were put on the block. Avedon´s most famous picture may be Dovima with elephants, a 224-centimetre by 152-centimetre print that adorned the entrance to his New York City studio for more than two decades. It sold for $1.15 million US. The sales in Paris will benefit his eponymous foundation, which is seeking to establish an endowment...


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5th International Conference on Mammoths and their relatives.

2010-08-30 - Le Puy-en-Velay , France. Dr Frédéric Lacombat

250 scientists from all over the world will present new and unpublished results on many topics such as : evolution, the environment, associated fauna, absolute dating, ancient DNA. This scientific symposium will be accompanied, in the summer, with an important exhibition, intend a wide public, associating fossils and life-sized models of some of these pachyderms. Pr Yves Coppens (Collège de France) and Dr Frédéric Lacombat are the chairmen of the Scientific Commitee.


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smuggle

African police seize $1 million in rhino horns, ivory

Police seized $1 million worth of rhino horns and ivory and shut down an illegal ivory factory in a sweep across southern Africa.

2010-05-18 - Paris, France.

Police seized $1 million worth of rhino horns and ivory and shut down an illegal ivory factory in a sweep across southern Africa, international police agency Interpol said on Tuesday, May 18. The operation, which Interpol coordinated earlier this month, included the arrests of 41 people. "Taking these illegal items off the market is just the first step," said Peter Younger, manager of Interpols Africa wildlife programme.


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Buckles Blog: Casselly courier 2009 (From Don Covington)

2009-12-06 - Val d'Oise, France.

These photos are also by photographer F. DeHurtevent and are posted on the French circus site "aucirque.com". The Casselly Family presented this interesting variation of the classic courier routine using both elephants and horses as part of the Val d'Oise Circus Festival. You can find the Casselly courier act on Youtube by searching the title Cavalos Elefantes. It is the entire 7 minute act.


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Fantasy island

Ride the Great Elephant

2009-08-29 - Nantes, France.

On the Ile de Nantes (Isle of Nantes) in France, bizarre monstrous creatures right out of the pages of fantasy penned by the likes of Jules Verne are taking astonished visitors for a ride. When the Great Elephant trundles out for its 45-minute walk at a leisurely pace, there is no mistaking the beast for anything but the machine that it is. It is larger than life at 12m high and 8m wide, and comes with outdoor balconies on both sides and a lounge on top. Technology is still unable to make it wal...


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Hussein: An Entertainment, by Patrick O"Brian

2009-02-21 - Collioure, France. Regina Marler

Hussein is the story of a Muslim mahout (an elephant keeper for the British Raj) whose bravery and curiosity lead him on a series of lively adventures. After a scandal involving a hated rival, a deadly curse, and a beautiful woman, Hussein is forced to leave government service and make his way as an itinerant snake charmer and storyteller. His stories open into other stories, which connect with the action of the novel, and eventually our hero finds himself in a situation in which, like Scheheraz...


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Excerpts and Extracts: Paris Besieged in 1870, elephant dinner January 6th 1871

2008-10-06 - Paris, France.

Yesterday, I had a slice of Pollux for dinner. Pollux and his brother Castor are two elephants, which have been killed. It was tough, coarse, and oily, and I do not recommend English families to eat elephant as long as they can get beef or mutton. Castor and Pollux's trunks sold for 45fr. a lb.; the other parts of the interesting twins fetched about 10fr. a lb.


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APROCOFF denounces frequent slaughter of elephants in Chad

2008-09-30 - Paris, France.

At least 750 elephants are killed every year at the Zakouma National Park, in Chad, President of Association for the Protection and Preserva tion of Fauna and Flora (APROCOFF), Hamdan Annadif, disclosed here. "In 2004, Zakouma Park had 4,351 elephants; now there are only 1,000 left. On average, 750 elephants are savagely killed every year in the park. There are more carcasses of elephants than the living species," he told NAN. Annadif said that since 2002, the number of elephants in the park had...


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fossil

Mammoth Skull Discovered Intact

2008-09-02 - Auvergne, France.

Researchers recently uncovered a fossilized skull of a steppe mammoth in the Auvergne region of France, shedding light on the evolution of such beasts. The find is notably rare because while a handful of mammoth skeletons have been discovered, the skull is rarely intact. Paleontologists Frederic Lacombat and Dick Mol report that the skull belongs to a male steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) that stood about 12ft tall and lived about 400,000 years ago, during Middle Pleistocene times. The st...


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birth

A new born asian elephant in Zoo Le Pal, France!

Nina with her baby Jade. Photo: © Sonia Tortschanoff, Zoo Le Pal, France.

2008-05-11 - Dompierre-sur-Besbre, France.

After a long wait finally a female asian elephant was born 4th of May in Le Pal Zoo in France. At first rejected, but later accepted by the mother Nina, who is a second generation Zoo elephant, as well the father Chang. Nina was born 1993 in Paris Zoo, and Chang was born 1981 in Copenhagen.


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welfare

Elephant hit me as I tried to free it from prison

2008-03-27 - Dieppe, France. Ruth Lumley

An animal lover's bid to help an elephant escape its truck and say goodbye to the circus almost ended in disaster. Jenny Wilkins, 45, was in Dieppe celebrating her best friend's birthday over the Easter weekend, staying in a hotel opposite a circus. On Good Friday she noticed a lot of the animals were tied up in trucks and cages and were not able to move very far. Mrs Wilkins, of Reading Road, Brighton, said: "The weather was so bad and the animals were locked up and I could see the trunk of the...


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Fontaine des Éléphants

The most famous landmark in Chambéry: the Elephants fountain. Black and white photograph of the elephants.

2008-03-02 - Chambéry, France. Wikipedia

The Fontaine des Éléphants ("Elephants Fountain") is surely the most famous landmark in Chambéry. It was built in 1838 to honour Benoît de Boigne's feats when he was in India. This statue, which represents the forelimbs of four elephants truncated in a column in the shape of the savoyan (savoyarde) cross was first hooted by the inhabitants, annoyed to see elephants in their city, but it appears that now, most of them have accepted. Witness of the previous dislike, the statue kept its nicknam...


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Ban on Ivory Proposed in Africa

2007-04-24 - Paris, France.

African states have called for a 20-year ban on trade in ivory to protect the continent's elephants from poachers and possible extinction in the wild.
Kenya and Mali, which spearheaded the moratorium along with Togo and Ghana, are seeking to have the measure adopted at the June meeting of the 169-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), their representatives said at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday.


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abstract

Does the 43 bp sequence from an 800,000 year old cretan dwarf elephantid really rewrite the textbook on mammoths?

2007-02-22 - Lyon, France. Orlando L, Pages M, Calvignac S, Hughes S, Hanni C. , University Lyon

Pigmy elephants inhabited the islands from the Mediterranean region during the Pleistocene period but became extinct in the course of the Holocene. Pigmy elephants could be most probably seen as members of the genus Elephas. Poulakakis et al (2006) have recently challenged this view by recovering a short mtDNA sequence from an 800 000 year old fossil of the Cretan pigmy elephant (Elephas creticus).


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Monte Carlo 2007 Circus Festival #1 (From Raffaele De Ritis)

2007-01-22 - Monte Carlo, France.

The proclamation of winners took place last night. The only Golden Clown was awarded to a family of horse and animal acts: the Casartelli, of Circo Medrano. The award Gala Show and cermony will take place on Tuesday Evening. Golden awrd was won by Casartelli Family (taly) for the ensemble of their 4 presentations :Aladin » pantomime (elephants and exotics, including 2 giraffes and a rhino), equestrian « pas de deux »,Gipsy Fantasy » equestrian tableau


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misc

Babar the Elephant turns 75

2006-06-28 - PARIS, France. James Mackenzie

Babar the Elephant, a timeless figure of children's literature, turns 75 this year, his trademark crown and green suit unmarked by changing fashions and criticism that his jungle realm is a relic of colonialism. Babar was created one evening in 1931 when Cecile de Brunhoff, a piano teacher, told her two small sons the story of an elephant whose mother is killed by hunters and who flees to a town where he learns to dress as a human.


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2nd French elephant workshop at Zoo Le Pal

2006-01-19 - Dompierre-sur-Besbre, France. EEKMA Elephant Journal

This workshop is primarily oriented to allow keepers to share their experiences and to gain knowledge and practice through presentations. The conference langauge is english. A wise range of topics will be discussed, such as: foot care, medical training, enclosure design, safety, management methods, and emergency situations as a "down elephant".


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A case study of apparent conflict between molecular phylogenies: the interrelationships of African elephants

2005-03-03 - Paris, France. Régis Debruyne

Recent molecular phylogenies of the African elephants suggest that there is an evolutionary structure within Loxodonta africana. Some nuclear results (Roca et al., 2001) support the separation of the forest African elephant subspecies L. a. cyclotis as a species distinct from the savannah elephant L. a. africana, on the basis of the recognition of both forming highly divergent (reciprocally monophyletic) clades.


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27 Headlines about Elephants from France2022-03-11 - Lyon, France - African countries call for closure of Japan"s ivory markets because they contribute to poaching 2013-04-03 - Lyon, France - France"s doomed elephants go royal 2013-01-13 - Paris, France - Hollande dodges appeal to save sick elephants 2013-01-07 - Paris, France - Brigitte Bardot Protests Euthanasia of French Circus Elephants 2012-12-19 - Lyon, France - Doomed French elephants win Christmas reprieve 2012-12-15 - Lyon, France - French president Francois Hollande urged to show some jumbo love 2012-11-07 - Paris, France - Mammoth skeleton found in France 2012-08-06 - , France - Presenting Rungwe, the first elephant born in France via artificial insemination. 2012-04-08 - Corrèze, France - Elephant Haven, european elephant sanctuary on planning stage. 2010-11-20 - Paris, France - Avedon auction reaps $7.5M 2010-08-30 - Le Puy-en-Velay , France - 5th International Conference on Mammoths and their relatives. 2010-05-18 - Paris, France - African police seize $1 million in rhino horns, ivory 2009-12-06 - Val d'Oise, France - Buckles Blog: Casselly courier 2009 (From Don Covington) 2009-08-29 - Nantes, France - Fantasy island 2009-02-21 - Collioure, France - Hussein: An Entertainment, by Patrick O"Brian 2008-10-06 - Paris, France - Excerpts and Extracts: Paris Besieged in 1870, elephant dinner January 6th 1871 2008-09-30 - Paris, France - APROCOFF denounces frequent slaughter of elephants in Chad 2008-09-02 - Auvergne, France - Mammoth Skull Discovered Intact 2008-05-11 - Dompierre-sur-Besbre, France - A new born asian elephant in Zoo Le Pal, France! 2008-03-27 - Dieppe, France - Elephant hit me as I tried to free it from prison 2008-03-02 - Chambéry, France - Fontaine des Éléphants 2007-04-24 - Paris, France - Ban on Ivory Proposed in Africa 2007-02-22 - Lyon, France - Does the 43 bp sequence from an 800,000 year old cretan dwarf elephantid really rewrite the textbook on mammoths? 2007-01-22 - Monte Carlo, France - Monte Carlo 2007 Circus Festival #1 (From Raffaele De Ritis) 2006-06-28 - PARIS, France - Babar the Elephant turns 75 2006-01-19 - Dompierre-sur-Besbre, France - 2nd French elephant workshop at Zoo Le Pal 2005-03-03 - Paris, France - A case study of apparent conflict between molecular phylogenies: the interrelationships of African elephants

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Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting to be held in Nepal

2022-04-27 - Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting (AsERSM) will be held in Nepal from April 27. The sole purpose of the meeting is to secure the future of Asian elephants. Delegates from all 13 Asian Elepha...


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Coming Up Trunks: Elephant Superstud Shows Off His Strength

2022-04-25 - Basel, Switzerland.

African bull elephant Tusker, who sired 13 calves at his previous zoo homes, has become a star attraction at Switzerland's Basel Zoo; not for fatherhood, but for his baffling skills in balancing huge ...


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Jawed Karim Posted the First-Ever video on YouTube 17 years ago

2022-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

On 24th April, 17 years ago, a 25-year-old man named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video on YouTube, launching a service that has since grown to become the go-to hub for video streaming. The low-r...


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Two male elephants from a well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die while under sedation

2022-04-25 - Nelspruit, South Africa.

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died while under sedation during relocation efforts from the Lowveld to Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23. According to the owner and ...


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misc

No, Viral Video Does Not Show Muslim Man Attempting To Feed Meat To Elephant

2022-04-22 - Malappuram, India.

The viral video was shared with the claim that the Muslim man from Kerela attempted to provide the elephant with meat to consume. Social media users mocking alleged that it was an attempt to convert t...


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Twin elephant calves born in Bandipur saved from drowning moments after birth

2022-04-21 - , India.

Ramesh Kumar, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said a few tourists on a safari and staff saw a pregnant elephant near the old reception centre. As the safari van waited, the elephant heaved itself an...


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UP: Dudhwa to get own elephant reserve

2022-04-17 - , India.

Dudhwa would soon have its own dedicated elephant reserve named as Terai Elephant Reserve (TER). The proposed Terai Elephant Reserve in Dudhwa would comprise Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (800 sq kms), Dudhw...


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medical

Experts begin treatment of aged elephant at ATR camp

2022-04-17 - , India.

Four veterinary experts have started treatment of Vijayalakshmi, a 72-year-old female elephant housed at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, which has been suffering from dig...


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Adjustments to elephant conservation plan approved

2022-04-16 - , Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved adjustments to an elephant conservation plan in Vietnam that was previously signed off for 2013-2020. Under the decision, the scheme will be implemented...


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Elephant Keeper

2022-04-16 - Austin, United States.

Austin, Texas-based activist filmmaker Kate Kirby’s documentary explores the relationship between a mahout and the 60-year-old elephant he tends at a Laotian elephant conservation center.


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More escort elephants must not be allowed at temple festivals: High Court

2022-04-15 - Kochi, India.

The High Court has directed that the government\'s order not to allow more escort elephants than existing ones must be complied with in festivals and other functions at temples under the Travancore De...


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conflict

elephant handler is grabbed by the scruff of the neck and forced to kneel at an elephant’s feet after repeatedly beating the animal in the head with a sharp hook in Thailand

2022-04-14 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keeper Peerapat, 18, pierced Chan's thick leathery skin with the bullhook and caused the elephant so much pain that his legs collapsed. Chan Chao is now being treated by local vets with deep cuts ...


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Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

2022-04-14 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three...


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Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest resident...


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conflict

Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

2022-04-12 - Fort Portal, Uganda.

A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routin...


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Elephant tramples mahout to death in Thiruvananthapuram

2022-04-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A mahout was trampled to death by an elephant that ran amok on Monday at Mukkukada near Navayikkulam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district. Unni, a native of Vellannoor, was killed by the elephant w...


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Accident in Prague Zoo"s "Elephant Valley" seriously injures breeder

2022-04-11 - Prague, Czech Republic. Raymond Johnston

A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place earl...


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conservation

Elephant count in Tamil Nadu rose by 800 in five years

2022-04-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

xperts from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam have told a committee constituted to probe the reasons for the death of wild elephants, especially young ones, over the past year ...


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A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes...


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